Employment Training Ignites Opportunities
One of the many community based organizations the Hospitality Initiative partners with, Charity Cultural Services Center (CCSC), facilitates trainings in Chinese Cooking, Western Cooking, Bartending/Table Waiting for low-income and recent immigrants interested in starting a career path in the culinary field.
Feeling unappreciated, underpaid, and unsatisfied with his previous work experience, Kwok Lou Lo worked as a kitchen helper in a small restaurant, which unfortunately went out of business and he found himself without a job. At the age of 60, he felt hopeless and desired a more substantial career path. He attended an orientation for OEWD’s Hospitality Initiative and decided to apply for the Chinese Cooking Training Class with CCSC.
Throughout the training, Kwok Lou formed a support system with other students and gained the necessary skills to be successful in the kitchen. More importantly, he regained his confidence and self-esteem to prepare him for the culinary workforce. Upon successful completion of the program and assistance from CCSC staff, Kwok Lou was hired as a Kitchen Helper at Whole Foods Market’s Sushi Counter where he receives full benefits.